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Did this senator just accidentally reveal who Trump will nominate to the Supreme Court?

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) potentially revealed clues as to who President Donald Trump will nominate to the Supreme Court in a recent op-ed. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the longest serving member currently in the Senate, wrote an op-ed for Deseret News on Friday explaining what Americans should expect after President Donald Trump formally announces his nominee for the Supreme Court.

In his writing, Hatch may have potentially revealed a major clue about who Trump will nominate via two pronouns.

What did Hatch say?

Hatch, who has sat through the confirmation hearings for all nine current Supreme Court justices, predicted Democrats will initiate "confirmation wars" in the coming months because Trump is unlikely to nominate an activist judge who will protect the progressive agenda.

"Given their vision of a politicized judiciary, we should not be surprised when Democrats cry bloody murder at the announcement of the president’s Supreme Court nominee. The coming meltdown on the left is sure to be as sensational as it is predictable," Hatch wrote.

That's when Hatch dropped two potential major clues as to who Trump plans to nominate.

"Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs. But no matter the nominee’s background or credentials, progressives will do everything they can to paint her as a closet partisan, if not an outright extremist," Hatch wrote.

He then added: "And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution."

What's the clue?

In those two paragraphs, Hatch referred to the future nominee using the feminine pronouns "she" and "her."

Trump's final shortlist, which has allegedly been narrowed down to three candidates, includes two men and just one woman — Amy Barrett.

Barrett, who was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just last year, is the youngest of the three final candidates and is the conservative favorite.

However, it's not completely clear what Hatch meant by using feminine pronouns. Has the president informed Republican Party leaders who he will nominate? Is Hatch simply showing his constituents which justice he prefers Trump to nominate? It's not clear.

When will we know for sure?

All of America should know which justice Trump favors by Monday. Over the weekend, the president reiterated his commitment to announcing his nominee by July 9.

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